At Larson Design Group, we believe that our employees are our greatest asset. In this feature, we profile some of the staff members who contribute to our success. This month the spotlight is on Alan Zeigler, Project Manager with LDG’s Water/Wastewater group. Alan is pictured above (far left) with the soccer team he coaches.
Where did your career take you before joining LDG?
I started with the Department of Environmental Resources in the Philadelphia region office. Then I worked with a consulting firm in Westchester PA, outside of Philadelphia. Then I met my wife. We’re both from Snyder County, so we wanted to be closer to our parents after having children. So we moved to Lewisburg where we’ve lived ever since. I worked for several firms before joining LDG in 2002.
What was your first job? What did you learn from it that still influences the way you work today?
During summers in high school and college I worked residential home construction. Working construction, you want what you to do be precise and appealing, which coincides with an engineer’s desire to have everything be symmetrical and organized.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I’ve coached soccer continuously for 18 years. It keeps me young and wanting to be as fit as I can so I’m a good example to the young men and women that I coach. I enjoy seeing them have success and gaining confidence by becoming good soccer players.
I tell my soccer players that they paint their own reality because they’re responsible for what they do and what they’re going to become as they grow up. I tell them to collectively paint their masterpiece every time they play. As with anything in life, you want to do the best you can. I like that about coaching soccer; I have the chance to have some influence over young men and women.
I go to 10-15 concerts a year, and I usually go to at least one or two music festivals a year. This year, my wife and I plan to attend the Lockn’ Festival in western Virginia and the Wanee Music Festival in Florida. They’re a good escape from reality and a way to meet another, completely different gathering of people.
What has been your proudest moment in life so far?
I have two sons, I’m proud of them and the successes they achieved playing soccer. They were both all-state soccer players and regional all-American in high school. As they’ve grown up and become responsible young men, I think the benefits of achievements during soccer have given them confidence and leadership abilities, as well as the ability to work with other people effectively. So a team sport like soccer really carries over into what you do with your life.
What trait do you admire in people and why?
Taking responsibility and not giving up. People who use the talents that they have, develop them, and use them constructively instead of wasting their time and talents. That’s what I respect.
What advice would you give to people who hope to follow a career path similar to yours?
While you’re going through college, be good managers of time. If you can learn time management skills, it will carry through to your professional life and make you a better engineer.
What do you enjoy about working at Larson?
The support provided to us. We have great accounting information that allows us to follow projects financially. Marketing provides lots of support in preparing proposals. Our I.T. department is fantastic; it’s wonderful to be able to not worry about your computer or something technological because it gets repaired so quickly. You can function at your highest potential because of all the support provided. In Water/Wastewater specifically, the people that I manage have technical ability and a sense of responsibility. They’re not afraid to extend themselves.